School overcrowding a concern - Fedsas

Fedsas says the Gauteng Education Department is forcing schools to take in more pupils.

The FEDSAS says the new decision to admit all children in schools leads to overcrowding.

JOHANNESBURG - The Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools (FEDSAS) on Friday warned that institutions selected by the Gauteng Education Department (GED) to take in more pupils, were already full.

The federation's CEO Paul Colditz said the department's decision would result in overcrowding.

"You'll find that many [schools] that have been built to accommodate 750 kids now have 1500 to 1600 kids."

But department spokesperson Panyaza Lesufi said every child needed to be in a school, regardless of the circumstances.

"It is a Constitutional right for every child, regardless of colour, race or location, to be in school. So if [the school] says it is full, then whose child must be outside?"

The stance came exactly a week after the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) ruled in favour of Johannesburg's Rivonia Primary School in a case involving admissions policy.

The Bloemfontein court ruled that the department acted unlawfully by forcing the school to admit a grade one pupil in 2011, despite classrooms being full.